The Cheviot Hills, Northumberland National Park\n© Simon Fraser


Whooper Swan © Whooper Swan

Here are some of the things you can expect to see in January in Northumberland National Park ...

Teal © Teal

Look out for wintering wildfowl such as whooper swans, mute swans, various geese, wigeon, teal, goldeneye and tufted ducks on the Roman Wall loughs.

Otters and dippers can be seen in rivers and lakes in Northumberland National Park all year round, but at this time of year you could spot otter footprints in the snow.

Stoats are active. You can tell them apart from weasels by the black tassel on the end of their tails.

Some stoats change colour and are known as 'ermine' when they are totally or partially white - except for their tail tassel.

January is also when badgers have their young, although they won't emerge from their setts until Spring. Badgers live in grassland and woodland in the Park.

Frosty leaves, frozen water and remaining berries make lovely patterns and textures to discover on a Winter walk.

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